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David Toledo the alleged tire slasher is out on bail. Toledo's mother posted her son's bail on Thursday. Toledo and his family have been receiving threats from angry tire slashing victims. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports.
The alleged Mayfair tire slasher is currently out on bail. David Toledo’s bail was posted on Thursday, according to court documents. One of Toledo’s neighbors told NBC10 that he got out sometime this morning. Local residents who subscribed to a tire slashings victims notification service also say they received several messages around 1 a.m. confirming Toledo was released.
Toledo’s attorney, Bill Brennan tried to lower his client’s $270,000 bail twice but was denied both times, according to court documents.This morning Brennan told NBC10 Toledo's mother was the one who posted 10% of the bail, effectively getting her son out of jail.
Toledo, 44, is accused of vandalizing dozens of cars on his own block and in the area surrounding his home in Mayfair. He faces 49 counts of criminal mischief and five counts of making false police reports.
Brennan told reporters outside court last week that his client didn't commit the crimes and that he should soon be able to post bail.
"He's presumed innocent... we haven't seen one piece of discovery yet and it wouldn't be the first time the wrong guy was arrested," Brennan said. "In fact -- if my understanding is correct -- on the day that he was arrested and incarcerated six or eight cars got hit in Feltonville. That begs the question, 'did Dave Toledo do anything and if so did he do 47 of them.'"
Brennan was off with his facts. The tire slashings of three cars in Feltonville occurred two days after Toledo was arrested on April 25 .
Toledo's trial is still set to begin on July 12.
Toledo spoke to NBC10 several times after coverage of tire slashings in the area of the 4000 block of Aldine Street -- where he lives -- and surrounding roads began to surface in February.
"I hope the cops get them before the neighbors find out who it is because something bad is going to happen," said Toledo after some cars were vandalized in mid-March. "My wife said 'somebody is watching us watching the cops' because when they're here nothing happens."
Toledo is now accused of causing sleepless nights for neighbors concerned that their cars would be vandalized while the slept. A town watch was formed and police even offered a big reward for an arrest in the case.
All along Toledo was there speaking out against the vandalism.
"This will be the last time that you're going to get my car because you will get caught," Toledo told NBC10 after just his tires were slashed on March 20. "The $10,000 reward, I don't want the money, all I want is their hands so I can smash them so they can never do it again."
NBC10 went to Toledo's house after his release. While his dogs were there, no one came to the door. Brennan spoke with NBC10 once more today, urging local residents to let the case against his client play out in court, rather than the streets of Mayfair. He claims Toledo has received numerous death threats since his arrest.
"He's charged with slashing tires, not throats," said Brennan. "Nobody got harmed here. Let's see what, if any evidence they have in these 54 or so cases."
One resident disagrees however.
"Mentally, financially oh yes he did too!" said the man. "The aggravation and bull everyone had to go through to replace the tires, the expense, yeah he did hurt people!"
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